“Sit Down, Boy!” — Sarah Palin, Bottom Feeder

by
The Tall Twin
In recent speeches, Governor Sarah Palin said about Senator Barack Obama, “This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America.” She adds that he, “sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”

She used the comments to attack Obama for his association with William Ayers, former member of an anti-war group known for domestic terrorism in the sixties and seventies (when Obama was a child).

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Here’s the background on the Ayers – Obama connection. Ayers, now in his sixties, is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Education. Obama met him when they lived in the same neighborhood. Ayres was one of three authors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge grant proposal for public school reform. In 1995 the project was given nearly fifty million dollars for public school grants. Obama was named to the Board of Directors that oversaw the distribution of grants in Chicago.

In 1995, Ayers hosted a “coffee” in his home so that State Senator Alice Palmer could introduce Obama to her supporters as he began his first run for office. In 1997, Ayers was named Chicago’s Citizen of the Year for his work on the Annenberg project.

From 2000 to 2002, Ayers and Obama both served on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago, a community anti-poverty group. In April 2001, Ayers contributed $200 to Obama’s re-election fund to the Illinois State Senate.

Since 2002, there has been little linking Obama and Ayers, and Senator Obama has condemned the actions that Ayers took as a young man. Seriously, if Sarah Palin sees this as “palling around with terrorists” then she will have to accuse dozens of Chicago’s most prominent educators and philanthropists of the same thing.

Sit down, boy!

Now back to Palin’s recent speeches (and one given by McCain as well). During the speeches, some of the responses from the crowd were frightening. When McCain asked in a speech, “Who is Obama?” a member of the crowd yelled out “terrorist!” At a Florida rally a man yelled “kill him!” as Ms. Palin delivered her accusations about Obama. When Palin complained about the press, the crowd grew surly toward a nearby camera crew. Some shouted epithets at an African-American member of the crew as one man snarled, “Sit down, Boy.”

It is true that campaign rallies are meant to energize the crowd. It is also true that politicians use talking points that are less than accurate to sway opinion, but Palin is stepping over a very dangerous line. By saying that Obama is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see it, she is carelessly characterizing Senator Obama as “not us” but rather as “one of them.” This is a slippery slope that can lead to serious consequences if one crazy person with a warped view of “patriotism” takes this as a “call to act.”

Voltaire said, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” This reckless and shameful brand of rhetoric has no place in American politics and Governor Palin should know that.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/06/AR2008100602935.html

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